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Webster 1913 Edition


Player

Play′er

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Noun.
1.
One who plays, or amuses himself; one without serious aims; an idler; a trifler.
Shak.
2.
One who plays any game.
3.
A dramatic actor.
Shak.
4.
One who plays on an instrument of music.
“A cunning player on a harp.”
1 Sam. xvi. 16.
5.
A gamester; a gambler.

Webster 1828 Edition


Player

PLA'YER

,
Noun.
One who plays in any game or sport.
1.
An idler.
2.
An actor of dramatic scenes; one whose occupation is to imitate characters on the stage.
3.
A mimic.
4.
One who performs on an instrument of music.
5.
A gamester.
6.
One that acts a part in a certain manner.

Definition 2022


player

player

English

Noun

player (plural players)

  1. One that plays
    1. One who plays any game or sport.
    2. (theater) An actor in a dramatic play.
    3. (music) One who plays on a musical instrument.
    4. (gaming, video games) A gamer; a gamester.
    5. (gambling) A gambler.
    6. (historical) A mechanism that actuates a player piano or other automatic musical instrument.
      • 1915, John McTammany, The Technical History of the Player:
        But up to this time the application of the player mechanism had been confined to reed instruments, the piano manufacturers having successfully resisted the introduction of the player mechanism into the piano; but, in the meantime, the manufacturers of players had grown strong and the manufacturers were beginning to properly interpret the handwriting on the wall
      • 1909, William Braid White, Regulation and Repair of Piano and Player Mechanism, ..., page 179:
        A Technical Treatise on Piano Player Mechanism" contains detailed description of the various types of interior and exterior players, embracing manual, pneumatic, automatic, mechanical and electric
      • 1970, Arthur W. J. G. Ord-Hume, Player piano: the history of the mechanical piano and how to repair it:
        Electric players used either a four-lobe rotary pump belt-driven by an electric motor or a self-contained electric motor and ...
    7. (electronics) An electronic device or software application that plays audio and/or video media, such as CD player.
  2. One who is playful; one without serious aims; an idler; a trifler.
  3. A significant participant.
    He thought he could become a player, at least at the state level.
    • 2012 November 7, Matt Bai, “Winning a Second Term, Obama Will Confront Familiar Headwinds”, in New York Times:
      Another Bush — George W.’s brother Jeb — is likely to be a big player in the Republican Party’s future.
  4. (informal) A person who plays the field rather than having a long-term sexual relationship.

Synonyms

  • (one who plays; (game) participant; athlete): laker
  • See also Wikisaurus:libertine

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Portuguese

Etymology

Borrowing from English player.

Pronunciation

  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈplej.eʁ/

Noun

player m (plural players)

  1. (electronics) player (electronic device or software application that plays media)
  2. (video games) player (a person or artificial intelligence that competes in a video game)

Quotations

For usage examples of this term, see Citations:player.

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